Scientists say that a series of minor splits, not a giant gash, sank the Titanic. In what was considered the worst maritime disaster of its time, the ‘unsinkable ship’ sank on its first voyage from England to New York. The most widely held theory was that the ship hit an iceberg which opened a huge gash in the side of the liner. However, an international team of divers and scientists recently used sound waves to probe the wreckage and discovered the damage was surprisingly small. Instead of the huge gash, they found six relatively narrow slits across the six watertight holds.
Small damage, invisible to most, can sink not only a great ship but a great reputation.
Integrity is defined as ‘adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty’. Last newsletter I spoke about the hallmark characteristics we seek to embed in the students at Cornerstone. When God transforms lives, He delivers integrity as one of those characteristics, and as part of the educational focus at the College we aim to challenge students to invest into it deeply. Integrity is something that shows up over time in whatever circumstances are faced by an individual.
Society is often happy to accept levels of integrity based on each person’s individual moral compass, but as Christians, we have a much stronger goalpost to shoot for. God has established clear guidelines we are called to aim for, and with His help, we can display a strength of character that holds up no matter what life deals us. This is a distinctive of us as a College. We speak into each class about the heart that God has for us and his call for us to not choose integrity based on our flawed ideas and world view, but to strive for Godly models of it.
We pray you will continue to join with us as we seek to mould the children and adolescents in our care into young men and women who are set apart and have true Godly integrity. That’s the prayer on our hearts for our whole community.
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
It applies, not just to ships, but to people too.